Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed confidence in security agencies in the country to handle the crisis in Agatu area of the state which has claimed many lives.
Governor Ortom stated this today when the newly appointed Air Officer Commanding,Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Air Vice-Marshal Emmanuel Eche Agwungwu visited him at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He called on all Nigerians to condemn the Agatu killings, urging security agencies to step up surveillance in the affected areas to avoid further bloodshed as the number of displaced people continues to rise.
Governor Ortom said his administration would sustain the support given to security agencies to guarantee the safety of lives and property in all parts of the state, disclosing that the expected visit of the Inspector-General of Police to Benue tomorrow is part of the efforts to ensure the return of peace to Agatu and other areas affected by the crisis.
He commended the Nigerian Air force Base Authorities for relocating the check point by the Filling Station near the base along Gboko road, Makurdi.
Governor Ortom therefore directed his Special Adviser on Bureau of Lands and Survey, Professor Jonathan Uever to liaise with authorities of NAF Base for better collaboration.
Earlier, Air Vice-Marshal Agwungwu said he was at the Benue Peoples House to inform the Governor of his posting to the State and what he had done so far.
He commiserated with the Governor, Government and people of the State over the recent Agatu massacre by herdsmen and promised to support the administration in its determination to provide security of lives and property.